DEC
16
2006

"Opera widgets" are cool... (Or: klik bundle of Opera 9.1 weekly snapshot available)

This evening I've created a new klik recipe, for Opera 9.1. It makes the klik client fetch from Opera's download site their current weekly snapshot of the upcoming 9.1 release and transform it into a typical "1 application == 1 file == 1 click to download+run" klik bundle.

DEC
10
2006

Princess Diana evesdropped by U.S. on night of death; UK gov used UK soldier Guinea pigs in ChemWar experiments

In recent months I acquired a habit of poking around from time to time on the Guardian/Observer website. Here is a collection of info atoms I picked up today:

DEC
10
2006

FBI can spy on you by remotely turning on your cellphone mic (even if it is powered down)

Did you know that the FBI (and therefore, the CIA, and probably most police and secret service organisations around the world), have technology to remotely turn on your cell phone microphone to listen to you and all conversations around you? The technique even has a name: 'roving bug'.

According to this report by c|net, we may safely suspect that most current devices can be used for wiretapping even if switched off (because there a really complete power down never happens unless you remove the battery).

DEC
10
2006

klik news: presentation at LSB packaging meeting; experiments with 'Plash'

probono last week gave a presentation to the participants of the LSB packaging meeting, which took place in Berlin (hosted by SAP). His slides are available on the klik website.

Expect some improvements and changes in klik in the next few months as a result from the discussions that took place there.

NOV
26
2006

"How many Microsofties does it take to implement the OFF menu?"

An interesting read: Joel Spolsky argues that too many choices lead to user unhappiness and looks at the Windows Vista "OFF" feature as an example. In a response on his own blog, former Microsoft programmer (now Google employee) Moishe Lettvin who worked on exactly that part of Vista for a year describes how the development process inside Microsoft worked for his group.

NOV
13
2006

"Samba Team Asks Novell to Reconsider"

Quote (incomplete):
"For Novell to make this deal shows a profound disregard for the relationship that they have with the Free Software community. We are, in essence, their suppliers, and Novell should know that they have no right to make self serving deals on behalf of others which run contrary to the goals and ideals of the Free Software community."

For complete statement, visit http://news.samba.org/announcements/team_to_novell/.

NOV
10
2006

Microsoft Director says "Joint or Separate - The Content Matters"

Jason Matusow, Microsoft's Senior Director for IP and Interoperability, emailed me to point to his blog entry.

NOV
10
2006

If Novell and Microsoft were in the car production and sales business....

Look at it this way for a moment:

  • If I, as an end-user, bought a car from Ford, that does indeed contain technology infringing some patent owned by DaimlerChrysler -- would there by any likelyhood that Ford would sue me, the end-user?
NOV
8
2006

Groklaw + the Microsoft/Novell Non-Aggession Pact

Novell has published some more details about their recent business agreement(s) with Microsoft. This time it is about some financial details involved. (Looks like they are required by law to reveal these details to the SEC.)

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